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Skating in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Feb 13, 2018
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March Break Skating

There will be Free Public Skating during March Break on Tuesday, March 13th from 3PM to 4PM and Friday, March 16th from 1PM to 3PM.

Regular Free Public Skating takes place on Sundays from 12:30PM until 2:00PM and Free Adult & Seniors Skating takes place on Tuesdays from 2:00PM to 3:00PM. As always, many times are available to be booked.  

The 2017-2018 Ice Season began on October 10th and the last day for the season will be March 31st.

Check our Events Calendar for skating times and to book an ice rental for your Group, League or for Birthday Parties and other Private Events, please contact:

For  more information please visit our Facility Rental & Booking Information page.

Enjoy Coffee and Colouring in Haliburton at the Library

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Jan 25, 2018

Haliburton Highlands Health Services presents Coffee & Colouring for adults at the Haliburton County Public Library, Dysart Branch in the Roberts Room from 10AM to 11AM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.

Adult Colouring is good for your health by;

  • Creating a meditative state for your brain resulting in relaxation
  • Stress & anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered
  • Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity
  • Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness
  • Unplugging from technology creates a healthier brain

For more information please contact Nancy Brownsberger at 705-457-2941 ext. 2922 or or visit the website at

Get your Questions Answered at the Highlands East Visitor Information Centre mid-May through Thanksgiving

Posted to Activities, Administrative, Events, News & Notices, Services on Sep 6, 2017

The Highland East Vistor Information Centre is located at 2786 Essonville Line in Wilberforce (at the Curling Club) and is open daily, mid-May through Thanksgiving from 10:00AM through 4:00PM (closed Tuesdays) and offers mineral permission to collect forms and directions, geocaching information and GPS rentals, trails, events and other general area information.

Contact the Info Centre at 705-448-2981 Ext. 232 or email


During the off-season please call Joanne Vanier, Community Economic Development & Committee Coordinator at 705-448-2981 Ext. 233 or Tracy Millar, Receptionist at 705-448-2981 Ext. 221 or by email at

Swimming and Swim Lessons in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Jun 1, 2017

Cardiff Pool

For swim lessons and recreational swimming contact 613-339-2442 for more information or download the 2017 Summer Swim Schedule Flyer and the 2017 Swim Lessons Flyer for more details.

Gooderham & Wilberforce Beach

The Pine Lake and Wilbermere beaches are open to the public.

Swim Lessons

The Municipality of Highlands East is offering Red Cross swimming lessons, Lifesaving Society lessons (Bronze levels) and Preschool lessons for Parents & Tots as follows:

Cardiff Pool, Swimming Lessons:
Session #1 July 3 – July 14 (Morning)
Session #2 July 17 – July 28 (Morning)
Session #3 July 31 – August 11 (Morning)

Cardiff Pool Lifesaving Society Lessons:
Session #1 July 3 – July 21 (Morning)
Session #2 July 24 – August 11 (Morning)

Wilbermere Beach, Wilberforce Swimming Lessons:
Session #1 July 3 – July 14 (Morning)
Session #2 July 17 – July 28 (Morning)
Session #3 July 17 – July 28 (Evening)

Pine Lake Beach, Gooderham Swimming Lessons:

Session #1 July 3 – July 14 (Afternoon)
Session #2 July 17 
– July 28 (Afternoon)

Please download the 2017 Summer Swim Schedule Flyer and the 2017 Swim Lessons Flyer for more details and the applicable Swim Lessons Application below if you wish to enrol for lessons. Click here to learn more about the different levels of Red Cross Swimming Lessons or download the Swim Lesson Level Descriptions document below.

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Hike, bike or ride the trails of Highlands East!

Posted to Activities on Mar 23, 2017

Whether your like to walk or run, ride a bike, a horse or an ATV, one of Highlands East's trails is sure to please.

Hiking in Highlands East

The Homesteader Trail Loop is named in recognition of the pioneers who tried to farm this corner of the Canadian Shield. Today, roads and trails named after those Homesteaders are all that is left of the area's farming past. Look for long abandoned overgrown farm fields and old stone fences.

Download the Homesteader Trail brochure.

The Prospector Trail Loop is a trail with a tale of prospectors and miners who came in the 1920's-1950's for molybdenite and flourite and discovered uraninite; the richest ore of radium. The route encompases long abandoned mine sites such as the Harcourt Graphite  mine, the Dwyer, Schickler, Tripp and Clark mines; long lost to the undergrowth. Take time to explore the rock cuts on the Old Burleigh Road and the I.B.&O. for black Tourmaline, blue Apatite and deep purple Flourite.

Download the Prospector Trail brochure.

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Municipal Multi-Use Trail System Map

Photo Gallery

The Old Burleigh RoadThe Dillman Hill TrailA calm day on Grace RiverMcCue Lake on the HomesteaderThe Old 503 section of the HomesteaderWaterfall along the IB&O Rail TrailSnowshoeing to Sucker LakeA stream on the way to Sucker LakeCrossing a long on the Sucker Lake TrailA sunset paddle on Wilbermere LakeSunset on Wilbermere LakeAlong the portage from Monck Lake to Cup LakeRocky outcropping on the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageOn the water near the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageCampsite on the Monck Lake to Cup Lake portageA loon stretches its wings on the shores of Dark Lake

Unleash your inner rock hound at Highlands East's mineral collection sites!

Posted to Activities on Jul 9, 2016
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The Municipality of Highlands East is proud to be the first Municipality in Ontario to take steps to secure public mineral collecting sites to allow our residents and visitors an opportunity to get outside and appreciate nature in a new and exciting way.

Hobby Mineral Collecting is a fun outdoor recreational pursuit that people of all ages can enjoy, and it makes for a great family outing. Adults and kids alike will delight in the chance to dig for buried treasure, get hands-on with the unique geology that defines the Highlands region, and bring home some colourful gems of your very own!

Highlands East (Cardiff, Wilberforce, Tory Hill) is world famous for fine specimens of gem green apatite, deep purple fluorite, large crystals of collector minerals like mica, tremolite, zircon, titanite, feldspar, and several rare and unusual species like fluororichterite, and stillwellite.

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Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour #1 in Canada!

Posted to Activities, News & Notices on Aug 14, 2015
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The Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour is ranked Number One in Canada on the official website with 1929 favourite points (and counting!), having shot to the top of the list in just 3-months, overtaking other GeoTours that have been around for many years!

Just see what satisfied Geocachers are saying:

“Hahahaha! Not quite what I was expecting, but then...there is absolutely NO WAY we could predict what we would find at ANY of these caches! Not only did you think "outside the box" threw the whole box away and came up with some amazing caches!”

“NUMBER 100! Finished the GeoTour. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad. I’ve had such a great time doing the series I’m disappointed there are no more. I can’t say enough about the tour and the quality, variety or enjoyment value of the caches.”

“Know that these days have been the best since we started the hobby in 2004. This is truly what geocaching should be.”

“How absolutely fantastic is this!!!...Everyone should run, not walk, to this superb caching adventure.”

And now it is even easier to get 'caching with two newly created starter packages that include maps and cache info as well as a pre-loaded GPS coordinates for 10 Wilberforce Caches and another for the full tour. Visit for details.

Go Geocaching in Highlands East, the Geocaching Capital of Canada

Posted to Activities on Feb 20, 2015

Highlands East is home to the Geocaching Capital of Canada! Highlands East is a geocacher's paradise offering creative caches hidden in and around magnificent forests and pristine lakes where you can enjoy geocaching on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, ATV or snowmobile, or by simply driving the scenic back roads.

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2015 is a special year for Geocaching in Highlands East with the launch of the Geocaching Capital of Canada GeoTour on May 9th with a special Kickoff Event to celebrate the 100 special caches that make up the GeoTour.

Visit for more information.


2014 Algonquin Gateway Business Association Discovery Guide

Posted to Activities, Downloads on Jun 19, 2014

The AGBA Discovery Guide lists many local businesses and activities in and around Highlands East and is an excellent resource for those living in or planning to visit Highlands East.

Download the PDF file below or stop into a local business and pick up a paper-copy!

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Go Geocaching in Highlands East

Posted to Activities on Jan 1, 2014
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The Geocaching Capital of Canada is comprised of a string of seven hamlets located within Highlands East: Irondale, Gooderham, Tory Hill, Wilberforce, Harcourt, Highland Grove and Cardiff and all are nestled on the eastern side of the scenic Haliburton Highlands, on the edge of the rugged Canadian Shield. 

This is prime Geocaching Country, a geocacher's paradise offering creative caches hidden in and around magnificent forests and pristine lakes.  Enjoy leisurely and muggle free geocaching on foot, by bicycle, on horseback, ATV, snowmobile in the winter, or by simply driving the scenic back roads (especially in the fall).  

Respectively, three hours north of Toronto, east of Ottawa and south of North Bay, and just minutes from Algonquin Provincial Park and Silent Lake Provincial Park, the Geocaching Capital of Canada is within easy reach of everyone.

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